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Found it MzunguDeb found Rift Valley

Thursday, May 17, 2018Kenya

I'm very excited to log this one as my first virtual cache! It will be a very memorable one for me, as it was quite a fun challenge. It's likely I wouldn't have succeeded on my own, but luckily I was with my friend Nawesmake.

We went by car until we hit a large flooded area (see photo). Then we walked a long ways in the hot sun, and finally got some boda boda guys (motorbike taxis).

We chatted a while with one of the AP police at the guard shack, explaining what we were doing. He told us it was okay, and later we took a group photo with him.

After walking along the canal, we got as close as we could to the 0.00 gz (see photo). However, the entire area was flooded and we simply could go no further. Kenya's 'long rains' this year have been extremely heavy, with some saying it's the most rain in 100 years for all of East Africa.

The sisal field was so full of water where we were forced to stop that it was overflowing into the already full canal... and beyond (see photos). Nawesmake removed his shoes and tried to wade through the water, but it was simply too slippery. I was wearing gum boots but even they wouldn't have helped the situation. We both feared we could drop our phones in the water... not a good thing!

On the satellite view of the app, our blue location dot was smack-dab right on top of the cache location. See photo.

After we returned to our boda bodas, they took us to see some ostriches - two male and two female. We couldn't get very close, though, as there were also young ostriches with them. Throughout our time on the plantation, we saw MANY Grey Herons, such a beautiful bird.

At one point, a senior staff member from the plantation rode up beside us on a motorbike. He wanted to know what we were up to, why we were on private property. But when I explained we had gotten permission from the security guys, he said it was okay.

Apparently there has been some serious problems lately with cattle grazing among the sisal. That's why we found armed police officers at the guard building instead of regular security guards.

Note to all GeoCachers - Be sure to get permission FIRST before heading down the direction of the cache!

Enjoy! It's a beautiful place and such a great cache!

TFTC!!!!!

GPS reading, as far as we could make it

Additional Images Additional Images

GPS reading, as far as we could make it GPS reading, as far as we could make it

Our blue dot location exactly on cache location Our blue dot location exactly on cache location

Flooded road, left the car and walked Flooded road, left the car and walked

Police guard and our two motorbike drivers Police guard and our two motorbike drivers

Walking in hot mid-day sun Walking in hot mid-day sun

Me on motorbike taxi Me on motorbike taxi

Nawesmake on motorbike taxi Nawesmake on motorbike taxi

Deep water and slippery mud at cache! Deep water and slippery mud at cache!

Rain water from fields flowing into canal Rain water from fields flowing into canal

SO much water at cache site! SO much water at cache site!

More water! More water!

Gum boots were a necessity on this day! Gum boots were a necessity on this day!

Morning harvest heading to the production site Morning harvest heading to the production site

Ostriches! Ostriches!

Sisal plants Sisal plants

infoA virtual cache is a cache that exists in a form of a location. Depending on the cache "hider," a virtual cache could be to answer a question about a location, an interesting spot, a task, etc. The reward for these caches is the location itself and sharing information about your visit.

Because of the nature of these geocaches, you must actually visit the location and acquire the coordinates there before you can post. In addition, although many locations are interesting, a virtual cache should be out of the ordinary enough to warrant logging a visit.

Virtuals are now considered waymarks on Waymarking.com.
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